Southern Specialities Inc. has issued a recall notice for some Marketside bagged fresh green beans and pre-cut butternut squash because of possible contamination with Listeria bacteria. Marketside is one of Walmart’s brands.

The produce company’s recall notice says it is unknown whether any of the implicated vegetables reached retail shelves. Southern Specialties shipped the bags of green beans and pre-cut butternut squash to one retail distribution center, according to the recall notice. The notice does not specifically reference Walmart, which owns the Marketside brand. 

The produce company reported to the FDA that most of the bagged vegetables were retrieved before distribution to retail stores. However, some product shipped on Feb. 17 “may have reached stores” in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

“This recall was voluntarily issued after a raw material supplier notified the company (Southern Specialities) that it was issuing a recall after a routine test of a food contact surface tested positive for the bacterium. As a precautionary measure, Southern Specialties is recalling all products that were repacked at its facility on the same repacking line as the supplier’s product,” according to the recall notice provided to the Food and Drug Administration.

“Anyone who has the recalled product should not consume it and either destroy it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.”

Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have any of the recalled produce in their homes.

Brand Product Description UPC in the white box on back of package in the lower right hand corner Best if Used By date in the white box on the front of the package in the right hand corner Lot codes on bag
in the white box on the front of the package in the right hand corner
Marketside Bagged Green Beans, 32oz. (2 LB) 907g 681131457385 MAR-9-2019 83931-123 or 83939-124
Marketside Bagged Green Beans, 12 oz. (340g) 681131328869 MAR-8-2019 83928-628 or 83932-123
Marketside Bagged Butternut Squash, 16oz. (1 LB) 454g 681131122351 MAR-6-2019 83940-319 or 83940-139

As of the posting of the recall, Southern Specialties had not been informed of any illnesses associated with the implicated green beans or butternut squash. None of the products have tested positive, according to the company.

Consumers with questions can contact Southern Specialities at 954-876-2453 or visit

Listeria signs and symptoms
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections, according to public health officials. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

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